Originally Posted by AndrewsMother
I do not think that education is a privilege reserved for those with money or class, but a privilege for those who want to work hard to obtain an education. I would not want my money as a tax payer used to finance the education of a student with less than 3.0 GPA every year that they are in college. There should be incentives for students who work hard and prove that they want an education.
But that's such a load. Children in underprivileged areas have lousy schools, which means they get a substandard education, which means they have less of a chance to do well and get scholarships and grants.
Where I live, the 'neighborhood' school is substandard, and only those of us who are in the know and have the means to get our children to the better school can get our children a better education. It involves an hour and a half commute both ways every day. For the children whose parents don't have vehicles or the money to pay for gas to get them to and from school, it isn't an option. These kids aren't even going to get a chance to earn scholarships to college when the time comes because the majority of the kids in the gradeschool aren't even learning to read or do math.
How do I know? Because my child, who was horribly behind, is now almost completely caught up after less than a school year. When we had her tested an official at the old school let it slip that out of 26 or 27 children in her class there were 3 who were at grade level in reading and math. I was supposed to be proud that my child was 4th or 5th from the top of her class even though she was technically failing.
They considered this a win.
Imagine my surprise when on the first day of school, after driving my kids fort 1/2 hour to get them to the bus that takes them for the next hour of their commute, I saw all the staff members from our old school there to put their children
on the same bus to go to the better school.
Children in the old school who didn't speak English were routinely ignored 4 days a week in special ed and then spent 1 day a week in English as a Second Language classes. They had no interpreters during the week, but children with handicaps had attendants all day. I don't understand how it is that not speaking the language is not considered a handicap, or doesn't merit an attendant. It isn't right.
I have also in the past, in California, made the move from a 'poor' neighboorhood to a more prestigious neighborhood for the sake of getting into a better school. The difference was huge, and my living quarters cost more for less space, but it was worth it for my child's safety, if nothing else, as where we were was kind of dangerous.
Tell me again how education has no class or financial distinctions.